Chairman promises development in Rural Communities at New Year
By Hudu Yakubu Abuja
The Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, Christopher Zakka Maikalangu has commended residents of the Council, for exhibiting the virtues of unity, tolerance and peaceful co-existence which are the ideals of Christmas and New Year celebrations.
The chairman who gave the commendation in his New Year message assured the residents that the administration remains committed to the wellbeing and welfare of every resident adding that his administration has concluded efforts towards taking development to the rural communities of the council in the preceding year.
The Council boss assured residents that the first quarter of 2023 would be celebrated in project delivery and implementation.
He added that the new cashless revenue transaction policy is fully on course and it is expected to pay off by the first quarter of next year.
Maikalangu, therefore, called on the Ministers of the Federal Capital Territory to embark on a tour of not only the satellite towns but of villages to be able to understand the deprivations and retardation experienced daily, by the grassroots people.
“We have collated their needs assessment, and built them into the budget awaiting appropriate action. As this administration is determined to uplift the living standards of the common man through a concerted effort of implementing our budget, the PEOPLE’S BUDGET, 2023″.
“We also hope that in the coming year, allocations from the Federation and remittances from the Federal Capital Territory Administration especially, FCT Internal Revenue Service, would be done timely.
“While we remain committed to exploring the instrumentality of entrenching good and transparent governance, we have begun the process of re-engineering the mechanism of strengthening the Council’s Internally Generated Revenue, IGR.
“Part of our good governance model is our resolve to justifying the collection of every single Kobo earned, by providing public infrastructure within the municipality as well as the highly disadvantaged rural areas”
According to him, the administration efforts at repositioning the Council, for better service delivery are yielding dividends as staff of the Administration have become more alive to their responsibilities and largely keyed into the public service reform agenda of the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari.
Accordingly, he said in a bid to block all leakages, “we have made announcements that the revenue-paying public must stop making cash payments of all forms by paying all that is due to AMAC to its statutory revenue accounts in designated banks or face the risk of paying twice”.
He reiterated that his administration’s focus and vision remain to drastically concentrate on being responsive to the well-being and welfare of all citizens by delivering on their infrastructural and social needs where possible.